On this blog, we usually try to keep our posts local and pertinent to the Bronx, or at least to New York state.
Then again, once in awhile we come across a story that did not happen here, but is still relevant nonetheless. News of an elevator accident in Louisiana is one such story.
In Gretna, Louisiana, a woman has filed suit against an elevator maintenance company after she was allegedly injured when the elevator in which she was a passenger suddenly fell between floors before coming to an abrupt stop.
The woman claims that she suffered "severe and disabling injuries" to her spine as a result of the injuries. She is seeking damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, distress, loss of life's pleasures, future earning impairment and medical expenses.
The woman's lawsuit alleges that Kone, Inc. failed to properly maintain the elevator, failed to perform routine maintenance and failed to warn of the elevator's condition. Kone, Inc. has not issued a statement regarding the lawsuit.
The reason we thought this would be relevant to Bronx readers is that it is fairly typical of elevator accidents. This sorts of mishaps are not necessarily common, but when they do occur, they bear many similarities to what happened here. Elevators that malfunction often lurch, shoot up or down at unpredictable speeds and then come to a quick stop. Spinal injuries are among the most common types of harm that occur.
Source: The Louisiana Record, "Elevator company sued by woman for injuries allegedly stemming from elevator malfunction," Kyle Barnett, Feb. 12, 2013
- In our New York law office, we help people who have been hurt through the fault of others. You might find a visit to our Elevator and Escalator Injuries page to be informative.